Earlier today I stumbled upon a marvelous video on YouTube. Kelly McDonald of Two Teens in the Time of Austen blog shared a link to the hour-long BBC documentary, Pride and Prejudice Having a Ball. The documentary recreated the Netherfield Ball where Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett circled round about each other while dancing, bantering, and flirting. From the clothing to the supper to the intricate steps of the dances the documentary offered a peek into 1811. Watching, I became entranced by the details of life in the Regency era. It was just what I've been searching for...a realistic view or description of a Regency ball.
A fitting way to honor the 200th anniversary of Austen's classic love story, Pride and Prejudice. Watch the hour and half documentary and then prance over to Ivan Day's blog, Food History Jottings, for a bit more history about how he managed to serve 63 dishes, 40 of which were sweet, to the dancers and guests.
Thank you Kelly McDonald for sharing this wonderful BBC documentary.
Pride and Prejudice Having a Ball
Two Teens in the Time of Austen - Kelly McDonald's blog
Food History Jottings - Ivan Day's blog